As formal discussion of gender-blind housing begins at Georgetown, some students have questioned its viability.So, they want to let women and men live together on-campus and they see it as a good thing.
“Though I think gender-blind housing would potentially be a positive thing to consider, we have to remember that if significant others chose to live with each other then broke up, we would have a higher number of people needing to change rooms, thus creating a housing nightmare,” Moriah Lenhart-Wees (COL ’13) said.
For other students, the benefits of a change in housing policy would be widespread for the campus.
The GUSA resolution, which garnered 17 votes in favor and four abstentions, also spurred debate among senators.
“GUSA is responsible for allocating funds to various clubs and organizations. However, when you get into the issue of gender-blind housing, its gets dangerously political, and I don’t think that is where GUSA belongs,” Senator Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) said.
Mogil said he considered the resolution a milestone.
“By passing this bill to even talk about such a controversial subject, GUSA is acknowledging to the school that we are concerned about these suicides and the security/access situation for some students for whom same-sex room assignments is inappropriate,” Mogil said.